IMG 4449 webIACA and the Arab Republic of Egypt signed a Host Country Agreement on Friday that paves the way for the sixth session of the organization’s Assembly of Parties (AoP) to convene in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, from 2 to 4 October 2017.

The signing, by H.E. Mr. Omar Amer Youssef, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the International Organizations in Vienna, and Mr. Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, took place at the latest meeting of the Extended Bureau of the fifth session of the AoP, chaired by Argentina holding the Presidency thereon.

The Extended Bureau comprises members of the Bureau of the fifth session and countries representing the chairs of the five UN Regional Groups.

The Assembly serves as a forum for Parties to consult on the overall policy of the Academy and on other matters of interest under the IACA Agreement. It meets at least once a year, most recently in Vienna in November 2016.

This will be the third time that the Assembly has convened outside the Republic of Austria, IACA’s host country, following previous sessions in Bangkok, Thailand (2013) and Baku, Azerbaijan (2014).